Hello, my name is Angela and I have an 8 year old son with ADHD. He has been on meds for a year and seems to be doing better but at times, I feel as if I am right back where I started. We have great days, we have good days, and then we have those many bad days. I count my blessings when I have a good day. I try to read as many books as I can looking for answers. I know how important it is to have a TEAM in place. We are currently on our 2nd Psychiatrist and 2nd Psychologist. The current ones are better than the first but I am still frustrated that they are not getting to the route of the problem. I find that I do much more of the leg work than they do in trying to navifate this ADHD/behavioral issue condition. During one of my sessions with the psychiatrist, I kept telling her that my son seems very angry. I kept using that word for a number of sessions. My son was on 18 mgs of Concerta and 4 mgs of Intuniv. I felt as if the stims were too much. I asked the doctor to lower the stims and we went from Concerta to 10mgs of Ritalin. I noticed that my son was less angry. Then over the phone I felt as if I wanted to lower the stims even more. We retuced the stims to 5mg. When I went to visit with her, I mentioned that he was no longer angry and she said, well sometimes the stims cause someone to be angry. Well, what had I been saying all along? This is why I feel it is so crucial that the parents are so involved in their child's therapy.
Like many kids with ADHD, my son does have issues when he gets into a group. I had been looking all summer for a social behavioral group for my son but would hit a brick wall everytime I called a place that I found on the Internet. Has anyone in the San Mateo, CA area found anything that might be helpful for kids with ADHD in a group setting? I am also looking for a support group since I am new to the area.
Thanks for any recommendations.